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Registered Sex Offenders in Florida Communities Increased to Over 23,000; Transient Offenders Present Challenges, Report No. 12-12, December 2012
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  • Since 2005, the number of registered sex offenders residing in Florida communities has increased by 28%, while the number of absconded offenders has continued to decline.
  • Florida is 1 of 15 states substantially compliant with federal requirements and county sheriffs’ offices report compliance with statutorily required registration and public notification activities. However, local practices vary and some sheriffs could better coordinate with the Department of Corrections so as to not duplicate address verification efforts.
  • Almost 25% of sex offenders are unable to obtain identification cards because they lack the needed documentation or money. State and local agencies have developed a stopgap measure, providing sex offenders with a letter that acknowledges that they attempted to obtain identification.
  • Monitoring homeless sex offenders is problematic as it is time-consuming to verify their location and provide required public notice. In addition, some offenders may claim a transient address to avoid legal requirements and restrictions.
  • Approximately 1,100 registered sex offenders were minors at the time of their offense. While many youthful offenders are subject to registration requirements, Florida law provides some exemptions for “Romeo and Juliet” cases and some other juvenile offenders.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Law Enforcement
Sexual Offenders
Community Corrections
Driver License Field Operations

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 18-08 Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring Triennial Review - 2018,published in December 2018.
  • Report No. 15-16 Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring: Statewide Requirements, Local Practices, and Monitoring Procedures,published in December 2015.
  • Report No. 08-60 Sex Offender Registration and Public Notification Improved; Some Aspects of the Process Could Be Streamlined,published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced,published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 06-03 Florida’s State, County, Local Authorities Are Implementing Jessica Lunsford Act,published in January 2006.

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